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A Grade II* Listed Building in Finchingfield, Essex

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Latitude: 51.9688 / 51°58'7"N

Longitude: 0.4512 / 0°27'4"E

OS Eastings: 568480

OS Northings: 232873

OS Grid: TL684328

Mapcode National: GBR PGM.DX7

Mapcode Global: VHJHW.RSW3

Plus Code: 9F32XF92+GF

Entry Name: Springmede

Listing Date: 21 December 1967

Last Amended: 17 May 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1122724

English Heritage Legacy ID: 115153

Location: Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7

County: Essex

District: Braintree

Civil Parish: Finchingfield

Built-Up Area: Finchingfield

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Finchingfield St John Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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TL 6832

THE CAUSEWAY(east side)

(Formerly listed as Springmead)


House. Early C17. Timber framed, plastered, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Three bays facing east, with central stack forming a lobby-entrance, and original rear wing at right side.

Two storeys and attics. Ground floor, five C20 casements. First floor, three C20 casements, and two more in feature gables. C17 moulded door, re-sited originally an internal door. Grouped diagonal shafts, rebuilt. Three pairs of original bargeboards, carved with a guilloche design on left feature gable and right return gable, carved with a design of continuously linked circles and rectangles on right feature gable. The left ground floor room has chamfered axial and transverse beams with lamb's tongue and notch stops, plain joists of vertical section (originally plastered to the soffits) and an elaborately moulded jowl with serrated lower edge. The right ground floor room has lamb's tongue and bar stops on the transverse beam, lamb's tongue and notch stops on the axial beam, plastered joists, and lamb's tongue stops on the mantel beam.

The rear wing has plain joists of horizontal section. The left first floor room has blocked frieze windows, jowls of ogee profile, a brick hearth with depressed arch and recessed spandrels, formerly plastered, and above it a band of painted plaster, black overlapping circles filled with red on a white ground. The right first floor room has a similar hearth but still plastered, the space above filled with original plasterwork consisting of repeats of three moulds, respectively of an urn design, a vine design and a strapwork design. Both first floor rooms have straight bracing trenched inside the studding. On the stair to the attic there is an original window with one ovolo mullion. There are a number of original and early doors with door furniture. The rear wing has a clasped purlin roof.

This house retains an exceptional number of original external and internal decorative features. The combination of various chamfer stops and joist sections is of exceptional historical interest, illustrating the transition of floor designs of the first 20 years of the C17. RCHM 25.

Listing NGR: TL6848032873

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